elite b

A round-up of the Elite B matches on day four of the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Kerala best Chattisgarh by the VJD method Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi. In a rain-hit day at the national capital, Kerala opted to to bowl first and a disciplined bowling attack saw the Southern team bundle out Chattisgarh for 138 in 39.5 overs.

Allrounder Jalaj Saxena claimed four for 31 in his ten overs before scoring an unbeaten 58 with the bat. Spinner Akshay Chandran registered figures of 5-3-13-3 and Basil Thampi and MD Nidheesh claimed one wicket each.

For Chattisgarh AN Kahare top-scored with 36 while opener Avinash Dhaliwal made 24 and one down batsman Ashutosh Singh made 21.

In reply, Kerala lost opener KB Arun Karthik for 13 to Pankaj Rao but Saxena steered the chase with Daryl S Ferrario making 33. Sanju Samson failed once again getting out for one while skipper Sachin Baby could only manage 3. Kerala had reached 133 for 4 by the 40th over before rain stopped play, and Kerala was won by six wickets via the VJD method.

Brief Scores: Chhattisgarh 138 (AN Khare 36; Jalaj Saxena 4/31, Akshay Chandran 3/13) lost to Kerala 133 (Jalaj Saxena 58, Jatin Saxena 1/22) by six wickets (VJD method)

At Palam-II ground in New Delhi, Saurashtra won the rain-curtailed match by seven wickets against Hyderabad. After choosing to bat first, Hyderabad scored 196 for nine in 45 overs with B Sandeep top-scoring with 76 while Sumanth Kulla made 47.

Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat claimed 4 for 33 with Chirag Jani, Prerak Mankad, D Jadeja claiming one wicket each.

In reply, Robin Uthappa made 35 off 39 at the top of the order. Arpit Vasavada and Mankad made 23 and 27 respectively to help Saurashtra reach 110/3 in 18.5 overs, which was enough to claim four points.

Brief Scores: Saurashtra 110/3 (Robin Uthappa 35; Mehdi Hasan 2/13) beat Hyderabad 196/9 (B Sandeep 76, Sumanth Kulla 47; Jaydev Unadkat 4/33) by seven wickets via VJD method


The third match in Delhi, at the Airforce Complex ground, Palam, was abandoned with only 15 overs being bowled. After a lengthy delay, the match was reduced 26-over-a-side match, Odisha opted to bowl first.

UP openers Shivam Chaudhary (30) and Upendra Yadav (42) got off to a good start before falling in quick succession. The match was halted when Suresh Raina was batting on 14* and subsequently was abandoned.

Both teams walked away with two point each.